Filmmaker's Name: Michael Clowater
Film Title: Four Eyes (Mississippi premiere)
In 50 words or less, what is your film about?
Four Eyes is about a mother and her son growing up in the suburbs in the 1970s and how lonely that world can be for some people. They need each other in order to learn how to stand up for themselves and be satisfied with who they are. And it’s about a kid who breaks his glasses a lot.
What was your motivation to make this film… why this film, and why now?
It’s loosely based on a real event in my life when my Mother made me fight a kid. I always thought it was just a funny story about how crazy my Mother was.
But now that I’ve kids of my own I see the whole thing a little differently. As parents, we “wing it” a lot and what I’ve discovered is that it almost doesn’t matter what you do as long it’s coming from a place of love and sincerity. Perfect parenting is a ridiculous notion.
Was there anything strange, funny, interesting, sad, scary, or otherwise unusual about making this film?
At the beginning of the film, we called it a “Where’s the Sound” production. That’s a bit of an inside joke because our sound guy simply never showed up to set on the first day and we’ve never heard from him since. Throughout the 5 day shoot, our producer, Jessica, spent the beginning of every day hunting down sound people who were willing to drop everything and come work for the day. We had 4 different sound engineers on set.
What is your connection to Mississippi? If you don’t have one, why did you choose to enter your film into a Mississippi festival?
I don’t have any connection to Mississippi other than I’ve always wanted to visit. I’m from the east coast of Canada and am a little bit fascinated with the American South. I thought it would be a good excuse to see it.
Anything else you’d like the audience to know about your film?
I’ve done a few shorts before but this was definitely the most challenging. In many ways this was my first film and I’m excited to see what people think of it.